San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders - 12/18/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders - 12/18/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders (10-3) at San Diego Chargers (5-8)

NFL Football: Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 4:25 pm (Qualcomm Stadium)

The Line: San Diego Chargers +3 -- Over/Under: 51 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers meet late Sunday afternoon in a AFC West NFL matchup at Qualcomm Stadium.

The Oakland Raiders look for their 11th victory of the season to keep pace in the AFC West. The Oakland Raiders haven’t lost two straight games since November 15-22 of last year. Derek Carr is completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 3,492 yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. Carr has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last six games. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree have combined for 1,816 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Seth Roberts has 33 receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game is averaging 116.2 yards per contest, and Latavius Murray leads the way with 656 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Oakland is allowing 24.6 points and 384.5 yards per game. Malcolm Smith leads the Oakland Raiders with 78 tackles, Khalil Mack has 11 sacks and Reggie Nelson has three interceptions.

The San Diego Chargers look to play spoiler after losing four of their last six games. The San Diego Chargers have lost eight of their last 12 home games. Philip Rivers is completing 61.9 percent of his passes for 3,589 yards, 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Rivers has thrown 10 interceptions in his last four games. Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman have combined for 1,552 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Travis Benjamin has 42 receptions. The San Diego Chargers ground game is averaging 98 yards per contest, and Melvin Gordon leads the way with 997 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, San Diego is allowing 26.7 points and 353.3 yards per game. Korey Toomer leads the San Diego Chargers with 67 tackles, Melvin Ingram has six sacks and Casey Hayward has seven interceptions.

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The Raiders are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Chargers are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. AFC West. The Raiders are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings in San Diego and the road team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.

While these games are usually close, the Raiders have won their last three meetings against the Chargers and had extra time to prepare for this game considering they played last Thursday. The Raiders need a win here to stay in the AFC West race and they've played their best football overall on the road. Meanwhile, the Chargers continue to find creative ways to lose games and Rivers may be playing with some sort of injury given how many awful picks he's thrown the last month. Gordon is also questionable with a hip injury. The Raiders and the small line is one of the better bets on the board this week.

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Randy’s Pick Oakland Raiders -3

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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